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Blogger Az Zendegi (From Life) writes about concerns over the spread of swine flu in Iran:

These days everyone is talking about this new flu. Fortunately, wherever you go you hear warnings about it.

I told an acquaintance of mine that we actually may be among the first ones to carry the symptoms of the flu, whether we like it or not, as we are often in a crowded, closed classroom. Then I added it is essential to start using the recommended masks with the approach of the winter season as a precautionary measure. This may encourage those who feel embarrassed to take this precaution as well.

He said he would never do it, and that he didn't think I would ever be prepared to enter class wearing a mask. I didn't buy that at first, and said incidentally that if I were convinced that it's the right thing to do I would.

We ought to act as models for others. Now I know how much I stand for what I said. What do those of you who know me think, will I be able to pull this off or is it so unlike me?!

Blogger In Khaneh Siah ast (This House Is Black) reacts to comments by a Friday Prayers leader:

These were the first words that I learned at school: "Father gives water."

I came across an interesting point while looking for other people's understanding of this sentence. The Friday Prayers imam of the provincial town of Abhar said in his recent sermons: "They teach our children in their very first year of primary school 'father gives water, father gives bread' and this implies communism, humanism, and liberalism. Why should it be so that our children are taught lessons of communism, humanism, and liberalism from the very beginning? The authorities ought to strive for solving these problems by changing these contexts."

I do not know how these three critical ideologies may be contracted into such a simple sentence and I am pretty sure that the Friday Prayer imam hasn't been able to take a glance over the textbooks since his own education, as the contexts have long been changed: No father gives bread anymore. The father gets embarrassed, father goes to prison, father goes away and never returns.

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